Scripture: 1st Reading: 1Tim6,13-16; Resp. Psalm: Ps100,1-5; Gosp. Accl.: Lk8,15; Gospel: Lk8,4-15
The word fidelity is not a favourite of many today. In many aspects of life, a number of people pay lip service to fidelity. This extends to many areas of life: the family, relationships, workplace, civil society, church. Infidelity and doublespeak is taken these days as more convenient that it is fast becoming conventional. But we all know that no good society that is founded on lies and dishonesty. It is like a house built on sand or a pack of cards. It will surely fall.
This is why the word of God today challenges us. The First Reading teaches us to keep the commandment free from reproach, to be faithful to Jesus the Lord. It warned us never to turn our steps aside to evil but to be committed to the Lord in all our dealings. In other words, we are challenged to profess our faith with our lips and with our lives, to let people see in us our forbearance for the faith, to love the Lord in whom we have believed.
All these are possible for the believer who realizes that the word of God must occupy the most fundamental place in his life. This word will bear fruit if we prepare our hearts and souls daily to receive it. The word is so important because it is the foundation of the life of every believer. In the word are hidden the mysteries and the secrets of the kingdom. We are indeed fortunate that these secrets have been given to us.
We are thus encouraged to receive the word daily with honest and generous hearts. We are called to open our hearts, souls and mind to the invasion of the power of God's word. We are challenged to allow the word bear the necessary fruits in our lives. The word we hear everyday is ever new because it is God's word. It is new because God still speaks to us through it even now.
St. Pio of Pietrelcina knew the power of the word. At a very early age, he put himself at the service of the word of God. He understood the written word as the word that God was speaking to him directly in his life, moulding him, directing him on the path that led to life. Because of this, his life was a total yes to the word.
St. Pio became so united to our Lord in body, heart and soul that he was privileged to carry in his mortal body the five wounds of our Lord. He totally dedicated his life as a priest to the conversion of sinners and spent back breaking hours in the Confessional, bringing back the recalcitrant sinners and manifesting the merciful face of our Lord. His life has continued to be great inspiration to all who have had the fortune to know him. May he continue to intercede for us from his place in heaven.
Let us pray: "Almighty ever-living God, who, by a singular grace, gave the Priest Saint Pius a share in the Cross of your Son and by means of his ministry, renewed the wonders of your mercy, grant that, through his intercession, we may be united constantly to the sufferings of Christ, and so brought happily to the glory of the resurrection." Amen.
May the Living Word of God find a true dwelling place within our hearts and souls today and always.